Dr. Marty Becker, Veterinarian and author, most recently of “Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual”

Dr. Marty Becker–veterinarian and longtime presence on “Good Morning, America” and, more recently, a contributor to “The Dr. Oz Show”–discusses a number of the important details and suggestions included in his latest of 20 books, “Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, And Solutions For Raising A Happy Healthy Cat.”

These include the virtues of feeding cats by way of food puzzles; shedding and caring for cats’ coats (including the recommendation of the FURminator), methods for pursuing parasite control, noting that indoor cats are at greater risk of heartworm and other maladies than most people would imagine, etc. Dr. Becker also addresses various aspects of litter box problems (we mention the observation in his book that refusing to use the litter box is the number one reason cats are surrendered to shelters), what causes them, what can be done to correct them, and prevent them. He also explains the dangers of exposing cats to certain human remedies or medicine, while noting that a select few are fine for cats in careful doses, like Benadryl. He also touches on other topics, such as declawing and the complexity of knowing when it’s time to say goodbye to a family pet, and fields a number of listener questions. (www.DrMartyBecker.com, www.facebook.com/DrMartyBecker)

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COMEDY CORNER: Paula Poundstone’s “Cats Puff Up” (www.PaulaPoundstone.com)

MUSIC: Jeff Beck’s version of “Tiger Rag,” Paul Thorn’s version of “Snake Farm,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: David Bowie’s “Cat People”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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